Source: Channel Nine
Geelong couple Steve O'Donnell and Chantelle Ford were the rookies on this year's The Block: Fans v Faves. They had the least renovation experience of all the teams, but the one thing they trumped everyone else in was their resilience and positivity. 35-year-old Steve in particular had a rough time of it, and at one stage during the season got into a bit of a stoush with co-creator Julian Cress after he claimed he'd been poorly edited. Despite off-screen issues, Steve and Chantelle triumphed in week six, when they won the room reveal with their stunning living and dining space.
There's less than a week to go before the houses go under the hammer, and we chatted with Chantelle about her and Steve's feelings ahead of the auction, how they dealt with the editing issues and why they feel so confident in what the produced. Keep reading to find out more!
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POPSUGAR Australia: How are you going?
Chantelle: Very well thank you, nice to meet you!
PS: How are your nerves at this point?
Chantelle: We're so nervous. We go through waves of major excitement and sickening nerves, just these waves of chemicals running through our bodies. It's mixed emotions, it's so much hard work leading up to this time and I think for us especially there's been a lot debate about what's gone on and how we've been portrayed — Steve mostly — so if we could take out the title, it's probably even more valuable to us so we know that we did do it, and Steve did work really hard. So we're excited and nervous!
PS: Did you think it was unfair, the way you guys were portrayed?
Chantelle: We didn't. . . I guess, when we applied for the show we were just like your standard fan of the show, we loved the show, Steve and I are very hard workers. I own a couple of businesses and Steve owns a successful business, he works insane hours. The hard work wasn't a worry, we just wanted to get stuck in and have a go and every aspect of The Block appealed to us. But as a viewer, you don't really pull apart — well, some people do — but we didn't really pull apart the editing side of things, we just took it at face value so we didn't really know what we were in for. A lot of people say, "You sign up for it, you deserve everything you get," but really. . . Steve is really good person and he's a hard worker so we never imagined that they'd take the story this way. Someone posted on social media recently saying something like, "10 weeks, that's 70 days, that's 600 hundreds hours, over 100,000 minutes but on average each contestant gets 300 minutes airtime over the whole series, which is like 0.2 percent of the time." They can do anything but we just didn't know they would, and it's hard to see how it affects your partner and at the end of the day we really are happy to be a part of what it is — an amazing TV show.